What kind of beetle
Location: Cabrera, Dominican Republic
October 6, 2011 2:19 pm
We were visited by this beetle during our recent trip to Cabrera, Dominican Republic. He/she spent a few days up there watching the festivities. He/she was a bit over 3” long. The locals said they call it a crunchy beetle because of the noise it makes when the step on em.
This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae. We would further classify it as a Root Borer in the subfamily Prioninae. We found a video on YouTube of the largest beetle in the Dominican Republic called Xixuthrus domingoensis, but its mandibles are smaller. Perhaps you have the male of the species and the larger female has smaller mandibles though we are not convinced they are the same species.
Ed. NOte: We found this in our draft box and we are not certain why it was never posted nearly two years ago.